Every year we journey away from the bright lights of Los Angeles to see the Perseid Meteor Shower. It has become tradition to go with a small group to Alabama Hills for one night to watch the shooting stars.
This year we received a generous invitation to instead visit a home just outside of Yosemite, and without hesitation jumped at the opportunity. Unlike previous years, we spent two nights watching the stars and a very full day exploring the majesty that is Yosemite. We couldn’t believe it was less than 5 hours from home!
We arrived at the cabin late Friday night, so it was pretty much a quick whiskey and lights out. Early the next day, to avoid the crowds and we later found out there are crowds, we went to the park. First stop was the picturesque Yosemite Valley.
There are beautiful rock formations throughout the park. Here you can see sprawling meadows leading to a tree lined foothill of Half Dome.
Bloody Mary’s at brunch while Cat wrote her postcards on the patio of the Ahwahnee Hotel. We asked about room rates and found out it would require many of us to share a single bed to stay here.
While sipping cocktails and writing postcards we saw a fox!
Of course there are waterfalls. We were pretty sure this is the waterfall that runs gold once a year, but this photo was taken out of the window of a moving car, so I’ve done my best.
Our intrepid guides!
While I’m not a fan of hikes, it’s sort of mandatory in a place like Yosemite National Park. Luckily our friends know how to find the best spots with the least effort.
We found a river bend.
With a scenic backdrop.
Even a place to dip our feet in the water.
We found lush, green meadows.
And took ridiculous pictures.
And beautiful pictures with beautiful people to show how small we are next to mountains, trees, and nature.
And pictures that show our adventurous nature!
Once back at the cabin we settled in. Many of us took showers or naps. Some of us drank whiskey or beer. We even built furniture! When the time came to go outside, we were exhausted but everyone forged ahead attempting to catch a glimpse of the show the Perseids would offer.
The next morning before we left we decided to take a family photo. Here is evidence to see how hard it is to get a decent picture with dogs, babies, and 7 adults.
Almost, except Cat being licked by two dogs!
We had an amazing time at Black Ranch Mountain Cottage. If you’re looking for a cozy cabin to stay near Yosemite this is a great choice.
Can’t wait for next year’s meteor shower and another great adventure with the group!